Edward William Pou

This valentine was sent to Edward William Pou (1863 - 1934), Democratic representative for North Carolina. Pou was a lawyer initially elected to the 57th Congress on March 4, 1901. He served as a member of sixteen subsequent congresses, until his death in 1934.  During his congressional career he served as Chairman of the Committee on Claims, Committee on Rules and delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916.  An article published by the Worcester Post about the valentines describes Pou as an "arch enemy" of the suffragettes.  Pou's role as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in the year the valentines were sent made his feelings towards suffrage of heightened importance.  Though the Congressional Union had already begun to develop their anti-Democrat stance at the time the valentines were sent, Pou's opinion of the suffragists had the potential to influence party policy established at the convention that year.      

Sources:

"Henry, Robert Lee (1864-1931)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-present.  Office of the Clerk. <http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000516>. 26 March, 2006. 

"Suffragists Use Valentines in the Campaign for the Ballot." Worcester Post. 14 February, 1916.